• George Biddell Airy

    1801 - 1892

    George Biddell Airy (1801 - 1892)

    Airy was born at Alnwick, one of a long line of Airys who traced their descent back to a family of the same name residing at Kentmere, in Westmorland, in the 14th century. The branch to which he belonged, having suffered in the English Civil War, moved to Lincolnshire and became farmers. Airy was educated […]

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  • Joseph Aiuppa

    1907 - 1997

    Joseph Aiuppa (1907 - 1997)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was a long time power in the Chicago, Illinois Mafia syndicate known as “The Outfit”. He began his criminal career as a muscleman and hired gun for Al Capone in 1935; by 1970 he had risen high in the Chicago mob. Though he controlled the mob’s operations in Cicero and the […]

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  • David Akeman

    1916 - 1973

    David Akeman (1916 - 1973)

    David Akeman Born in Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, Akeman came from a musical family. He was taught to play the banjo by his father, James Roy Akemon. He got his first real banjo when he was 12 years old in exchange for a pair of prize bantam chickens. Akeman began playing at local dances and gained a reputation […]

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  • Darrel Akerfelds

    1962 - 2012

    Darrel Akerfelds (1962 - 2012)

    Akerfelds graduated in 1980 from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and played baseball at the University of Arkansas and Mesa State College. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round with the seventh overall pick in the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. Just over five months later, he was traded to […]

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  • Andra Akers

    1943 - 2002

    Andra Akers (1943 - 2002)

    Actress. A blonde character actor, she usually portrayed brassy sidekicks or tough businesswomen. She appeared in the films “Murder a la Mod” (1968), “The Wedding Party” (1969), “Moment by Moment” (1978), “E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind” (1984), “Desert Hearts” (1985), “Just Between Friends” (1986), “Odd Jobs” (1986), and “nothing in Common” (1986), […]

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  • Bob Akin

    1936 - 2002

    Bob Akin (1936 - 2002)

    Bob Akin was born March 6, 1936, in North Tarrytown, N.Y., and was raised in Sleepy Hollow Manor. He was educated at Hackley School in Tarrytown and later served on its board for 30 years and as president from 1980 to 1990. At Columbia University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s […]

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  • Claude Akins

    1926 - 1994

    Claude Akins (1926 - 1994)

    Akins was born in Nelson, Georgia, and grew up in Bedford, Indiana. He served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in World War II in Burma and the Philippines. After the war, he was a 1949 graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied Theatre and became a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.  As […]

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  • Virgil Akins

    1928 - 2011

    Virgil Akins (1928 - 2011)

    Virgil Akins Was an American boxer who won the undisputed Welterweight Championship of the World in 1958. Nicknamed ‘Honeybear’, Akins was the first World Champion boxer from St. Louis. Akins was born and died in St. Louis, Missouri. Akins was considered lanky, but proved nevertheless to be a powerful hitter with either hand. He began […]

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  • Moustapha Akkad

    1930 - 2005

    Moustapha Akkad (1930 - 2005)

    Al Akkad was born July 1, 1930 in Aleppo, Syria. He received his high school degree from the Aleppo American College. His father, then a customs officer, gave him $200 and a copy of the Quran before he left for the United States to study film direction and production at the University of California, Los […]

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  • Romy Schneider

    1938 - 1982

    Romy Schneider (1938 - 1982)

    Romy Schneider’s first film, made when she was 15, was Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht (When the White Lilacs Bloom Again) in 1953, credited as Romy Schneider-Albach. In 1954, Schneider for the first time portrayed a royal, playing a young Queen Victoria in the Austrian film Mädchenjahre einer Königin (known in the U.S. as […]

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  • Lewis Albanese

    1946 - 1966

    Lewis Albanese (1946 - 1966)

    Louie Albanese (in Italian Luigi) was born in Cornedo Vicentino – Vicenza, Italy, graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle, Washington. He briefly worked for Boeing before joining the Army on 26 October 1965. He received basic training with B Co 1st Bn 11th Inf at Fort Carson, Colorado and was sent to Vietnam in […]

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  • Lou Albano

    1933 - 2009

    Lou Albano (1933 - 2009)

    Albano’s parents, Carmen Louis Albano and Eleanor Albano née Morrone, were of Italian heritage but both born in the United States. Eleanor was a classical concert pianist who had performed at Carnegie Hall and later became a registered nurse. Her brother, a physician, introduced her to Carmen in the 1930s, who was training to be […]

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  • Persis Foster Eames Albee

    1836 - 1914

    Persis Foster Eames Albee (1836 - 1914)

    She was known as the “First Avon Lady”. In 1886 became the first saleswoman for the California Perfume Company, a business that eventually became the multi-billion dollar Avon Products, Incorporated. She started selling the company’s products in 1886 door-to-door, and rose to become the chief of sales for the business. It was her idea to […]

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  • Hans Albers

    1891 - 1960

    Hans Albers (1891 - 1960)

    Hans Albers was born in Hamburg, the son of a butcher, and grew up in the district of St. Georg. He was seriously interested in acting by his late teens and took acting classes without the knowledge of his parents. In 1915 Albers was drafted to serve in the German Army in World War I, […]

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  • Allan Lane

    1909 - 1973

    Allan Lane (1909 - 1973)

    Allan Lane was born as Harry Leonard Albershardt in Indiana to Linnie Anne and William H. Albershardt. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lane had been a photographer, model and stage actor by age 20. He was spotted by Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox) talent scouts and was signed to a contract. […]

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  • George V

    1865 - 1936

    George V (1865 - 1936)

    George was born on 3 June 1865, in Marlborough House, London. He was the second son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Albert Edward and Alexandra. His father was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and his mother was the eldest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark. As a son […]

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  • Edward Laurence Albert

    1951 - 2006

    Edward Laurence Albert (1951 - 2006)

    Albert made his motion picture debut in a 1965 drama, The Fool Killer, as a runaway orphan who crossed paths with a disturbed Civil War veteran, played by Anthony Perkins. He is best known for his work in the 1972 film Butterflies Are Free, in which he played a blind man, starring opposite Goldie Hawn. […]

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  • Al Alberts

    1922 - 2009

    Al Alberts (1922 - 2009)

    Born Al Albertini in Chester, Pennsylvania, he went to South Philadelphia High School. As a teenager, he appeared on the Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour, a radio program.  After graduating from South Philadelphia High, he went to Temple University and the United States Navy, where he met Dave Mahoney. They went on to found The […]

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  • Jack Albertson

    1907 - 1981

    Jack Albertson (1907 - 1981)

    Albertson was born in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants Flora (née Craft) and Leopold Albertson. His sister was actress Mabel Albertson. Albertson’s mother, a stock actress, supported the family by working in a shoe factory. Albertson dropped out of high school and traveled to New York City in an attempt to make […]

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  • Mabel Albertson

    1901 - 1982

    Mabel Albertson (1901 - 1982)

    Albertson was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the daughter of Russian-born Jewish immigrants Flora Craft and Leopold Albertson. Her brother was actor Jack Albertson. Albertson’s mother, a stock actress, supported the family by working in a shoe factory. Albertson was best known as Phyllis Stephens, Darrin’s neurotic, interfering mother on the television sitcom Bewitched, who invariably […]

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  • Wally Albright

    1925 - 1999

    Wally Albright (1925 - 1999)

    Albright was born Walton Algernon Albright, Jr. in Burbank, California. He appeared in a number of films during his career, and is notable for appearing in six Our Gang short subjects throughout the early 1930s. Though his tenure with the gang was brief, his role was usually that of the gang leader, alongside Matthew “Stymie” […]

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  • William F. Albright

    1891 - 1971

    William F. Albright (1891 - 1971)

    From the early twentieth century until his death, he was the dean of biblical archaeologists and the acknowledged founder of the Biblical archaeology movement. Most notably, coming from his own background in radical German historical criticism of the historicity of the Biblical accounts, Albright, through his seminal work in archaeology (and most notably his development […]

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  • William Alchesay

    1853 - 1928

    William Alchesay (1853 - 1928)

    He was born May 17, 1853 in a part of the Arizona Territory known as Limestone Canyon. He joined the Indian Scouts at Camp Verde December 2, 1872 and served under General George Crook in actions against an uprising of the Chiricahua Apache in the winter of 1872–1873, holding the rank of Sergeant. He was […]

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  • Robert Alda

    1914 - 1986

    Robert Alda (1914 - 1986)

    Alda, an American of Italian descent, was born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo in New York, New York, the son of Frances (née Tumillo) and Antonio D’Abruzzo, a barber born in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Benevento, Campania, Italy. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1930. He began as a singer and dancer […]

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  • Mary Alden

    1883 - 1946

    Mary Alden (1883 - 1946)

    Born in New York City, Alden began her career on the Broadway stage. She spent five years on Broadway before moving to Hollywood where she worked for the Biograph Company and Pathé Exchange in the first portion of her career. Her most popular role in movies came in Birth of a Nation directed by D.W. […]

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  • Norman Alden

    1924 - 2012

    Norman Alden (1924 - 2012)

    Alden was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He served in the military during World War II and returned to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University under the GI Bill of Rights. Some of his acting ability was developed while at TCU with participation in the on-campus theater. Alden appeared in dozens of television series […]

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  • Tom Aldredge

    1928 - 2011

    Tom Aldredge (1928 - 2011)

    Aldredge was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Lucienne Juliet (née Marcillat) and William Joseph Aldredge, a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps. He originally planned to become a lawyer and was a Pre-Law student at the University of Dayton in the late 1940s. In 1947 he decided to pursue a career […]

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  • Robert Aldrich

    1918 - 1983

    Robert Aldrich (1918 - 1983)

    Aldrich was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Lawson and newspaper publisher Edward Burgess Aldrich. He was a grandson of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and a cousin to Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller. He was educated at the Moses Brown School in Providence, and studied economics at the University of Virginia where he […]

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  • Gale Gordon

    1906 - 1995

    Gale Gordon (1906 - 1995)

    Gale Gordon Gale Gordon is one of the most recognized supporting actors in show business most notably working with Lucille Ball on all of her shows.  What is not so well known among the general public is that Gordon had a long and extensive career in radio, even becoming radio’s highest paid actor at one […]

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  • Victor “Vic” Aldridge

    1893 - 1973

    Victor “Vic” Aldridge (1893 - 1973)

    Born in Indian Springs, Indiana, Vic Aldridge attended Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana, and taught school in Miami County. He was married to Cleta B. Wadsworth of Indian Springs.  Aldridge was a dependable second or third starter throughout most of his career. He was known for his curveball and pinpoint accuracy. Aldridge batted and […]

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